Solstice to Solstice December 2022

From Sober in Richmond (The Solstice Guy): “I started my 100 Day challenge on the Solstice [and is celebrating 8 years sober tomorrow] … If there is anyone out there who needs some motivation to start – perhaps they can do the Solstice to Solstice. It really helped me to have the power of the whole darn earth behind me rather than a day or date on a calendar … It’s an incredibly magical thing, the Solstice to Solstice!”

Imagine it’s the shortest day of the year (tomorrow in the northern hemisphere). Imagine you’re sober starting tomorrow, December 21st. It can be your Day 1 or maybe it’s your Day 50. Or 400. Doesn’t matter.

Now, can you look ahead and see yourself sober on June 20th? Summer Solstice. Stand here. Look ahead 180 days. Because if you think the view from day 100 is great, wait until you see 180 days.

  • If you’d like to be sober from Solstice to Solstice, you can put a comment below.
  • Audios to listen to for Solstice to Solstice? Receive one archived podcast every 2 days for 180 days. That’s 90 audios in total, starting with SP001 Accepting Help all the way to SP090 Magical Time. Audios discounted 40%
  • Additional audios to listen to for Solstice to Solstice? Here is the link for Pack #2, audios SP091 to SP180. One new audio lesson every two days for 180 days. Audios discounted 40%

I like the idea of having the ‘whole darn earth behind me’ – how about you?

hugs, me xo

[if your brain likes special numbers to get started, this might be a good one]



on sunday mr.belle presented me with 10 small journals.
he had ordered them from france (clairefontaine brand)
and he has hand-painted the covers.

i am posting two at a time at the top of the page here.
6 sold already, 4 left.

hugs, me (and him)
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I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • signing up again! i think this is my 3rd solstice to solstice. 434 days sober today! remember to RUN TOWARDS JOY! xoxo, sunny

  • What I heard in your audio is that by enjoying a celebration without alcohol coursing through your veins, you can actually be fully there…to be in the experience, not just so booze-soaked that you’re basically missing the moment. That would truly be enjoying a celebration.

  • I was sober for 1313 days (October 2018 – June 2022……) after a summer of moderate drinking followed by one uncontrollable horrendous night [note: you can never control alcohol] I am on day 11. The easiest option is none.

  • I am in for another solstice to solstice…so happy to be free. It is so much easier (2+ years) now, but I am erring on the side of caution…keeping all the supports and using all the tools. Emails and audios, letters in the mail, art & a bracelet I wear every single day… and so many other tools have gotten me here…thank you Belle…for helping me not be alone in my head trying to figure it out

  • I tried this last year and fell by the way side. This year I’m up for it and feel more confident after all the support and emails from you, Belle

  • I’m on day 39 but I’m also going to be sober on the summer solstice. This is my sober spell. I did just over 9 months about 5 years ago. Last time it was an ‘accident’ – I just wanted to stop though the week, so I read Alan Carr’s book, and by the weekend I didn’t want a drink. It was a total surprise. And I kept going. I berated alcohol at the time; took pity on the slaves that were chained to it; but I now know that I didn’t really appreciate being sober. Not deep down inside. Since then I haven’t drunk as much as I did before, but it was still daily. Actually, after the period of sobriety, I did do the one glass every now and then, but by 6 months, it was daily again. So now I know. It’s sober for life. One drink becomes 4 or 5 (or 6) bottles a week again. Alcohol creeps up on you. One drink at an event, becomes 5 in the blink of an eye. One glass at night becomes a 350ml glass. An so on, and so forth. Easier option by far is none. And there’s a raft of benefits. I can actually feel them all this time. Perhaps because I am older, and have a few years of yoga, breathwork, etc behind me now (started in first round of sobriety) – but it’s different. And it feels incredible. I feel alive. I feel young. I feel – drumroll – happy! One of my whys is spontaneous joy – I did 4 separate weeks off booze this year and my little flashes of spontaneous joy reappeared. It’s like being a kid agin when you get those. And you cannot get them whilst drinking. Better then the hooch ANY DAY!! Thanks Belle for keeping everyone accountable and inspiring them. It means the world!

    • That is powerful, as are all the comments here, I’m on day 1 again after an awful night with my family last night, like you said when you start drinking, the alcohol seeps into your brain and makes you believe, it is good to drink more! And it it just distroys everything you have fought so hard to build up

  • I’m one of those people whose brain really does like special numbers! Solstice to solstice it is. Thank you Belle, for all that you do. X

  • Day 75 on 21st December and the past week has been really difficult. So tempted to drink because Christmas doesn’t seem like Christmas without a drink. But every morning I’m glad I didn’t give in. I’ve been inspired by the other comments on this post, and I want to be on Day 257 on June 21st 2023. Can’t wait to discover the view then!

  • I’m excited to do Solstice to Solstice. Presently at 52 days. Last go round I made it to 111 days and then fell off for about 5-6 months. Adding 180 day challenge to my 52 would take me a long way past the last slip.

  • I did the last Solstice to Solstice time period, been alcohol free this entire time (and actually since April 2022). Sign me up for the next, full stop! I predict a rough patch or two, and perhaps something really big to persevere through, some blah days, some amazing days, and all of in-between ones … and they will all be absolutely f***ing fantastic compared to the hellish cycle of drinking-trying not to-drinking-trying not to cycle. Hugs to everyone who is tired of that, this side of it is far, far better. Best wishes to all. Cheers to Belle, always.

  • Great to join Solstice to Solcstice – any excuse for sobriety for me!!! Used to be the opposite, I’m so pleased I have no more alcohol excuses to make. 🤩🎉

  • I’m in for Solstice to Solstice to be present for my two adult sons and grandchildren and my beloved aging pup Rusty Roy.

  • At first I was thinking I didn’t need this Solstice to Solstice gimmick because I’m already 6+ months sober. But being sober is still intermittently really hard. Thankfully it’s no longer cratch-my-eyes-out hard, or I’d-literally-give-a-kidney-to-be-able-to-drink-like-“normal-people” hard, but it’s still hard. So I am going to harness the power of the whole earth to add some support to this difficult but necessary journey for the next half year.

  • I just adore being sober (and never thought I would ever say that!) and will be sober from this solstice to the next one. Happy Solstice!!!

  • Love the idea of Solstice to Solstice Sobriety. (S2SS)
    164 days sober doing the 100 day challenge. AF life is not easy but SO WORTH the effort. Carry on AF warriors!

  • It’s a long time since I was sober for that amount of time. I’ll give it a go. It would be nice to get through Christmas sober and present instead of in a numbed out brain fog.

  • I’d love to be sober from solstice to solstice. Mother earth’s power behind me as we look to the light…sounds about right to me!

  • Good Morning and Happy Winter Solstice (well at least those in the Northern Hemisphere!) It thrills me to see other people succeeding at their personal goals they set for themselves. Yes it is me The Solstice Guy! Here is to us my fine friends!

  • Day 1 (again, ugh.) I have always found the winter solstice holy, mysterious, profound and inspirational- a return to light, peace, hope… There is life (spring) after death (winter) or, perhaps in these contexts, there is the promise of A LIFE, a tiny, hibernating bud that, in order to sprout, must leave the freezing, icy clutches of alcohol. From within the coldest moment of winter, there always holds the promise of spring. With the earth, I reorient.

  • I’m in! I re-started this journey Dec. 4 after I literally “hit bottom” by falling after a night of BOGO drinks and getting a pretty good gash on my arm. I look at it everyday and it’s my reminder to never go “down” that road again.

  • I am at 95 days. And I love the idea of being sober from solstice to solstice. I am in. This life is only getting better. Even when it’s hard or I am angry about it all, it’s better.

  • Thank you for checking in every single day. I look forward to checking my email in hopes there is one from you. I am on day 142 and definitely want to join in on solstice to solstice. Thank you

  • I am 27 days sober today, on my 100 day challenge, but the solstice is a good idea too. I am enjoying this blog, accompanied with tons of reading, mindfulness and yoga, my saviour. Thanks